Home for the Holiday Hop!

Time to have a little pre-holiday fun

Growing up my family holidays involved a ton of cookies and goodies. I mean, southern women can cook, but damn, they can bake as well. Below is my favorite holiday cookie. Farther down you can also find a blurb and an excerpt from my newest book Scent of a Wolf. If I had to choose between a tasty cookie or my delicious shifters….I’d still eat the cookie but I’d work off the calories with Jace and Merek. 😉 What can I say?  I want to have my sweets and lick…umm..you get the picture. Lol


Candy Cane Cookies

1 cup shortening (half butter or margarine)
1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. red food coloring
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Heat oven to 375. Mix shortening, sugar, egg, and flavorings thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. Mix flour and salt, stir into shortening mixture. Divide dough in half. Blend food coloring into one half.

Roll a 4″ strip (using 1 tsp. dough) from each color. For smooth, even strips, roll them back and forth on lightly floured board. Place strips side by side, press lightly together and twist like rope. For best results, complete cookies one at a time–if all the dough of one color is shaped first, strips become too dry to twist. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Curve top down to form handle of cane.

Bake about 9 minutes, until lightly browned. While still warm, remove from baking sheet with spatula and sprinkle with mixture of candy cane and sugar.

Something else for your sweet tooth!



Jace Shaw is one of the few survivors of an extraordinary, rare wolf pack. He spends his days on the run and his nights in another world with a man he’s only dreamed about. To sleep is to feel his dream man’s hands on his body and hear his wicked whispered words. But when the sun rises reality crashes in: the evil that destroyed his birth pack hunts his kind down in search of a way to control their power.

Merek Wahya is an alpha dealing with all the issues of being newly appointed, but they all fall away when he closes his eyes at night. Then, a man with moonlit hair and mercury eyes crawls into bed with him. When he wakes it’s to a painful arousal no one can satisfy. When Merek’s wolf catches Jace’s scent he knows he’s found his mate, and he soon learns their nocturnal meetings were only foreplay. The joy of this discovery is shadowed by the trouble that follows Jace. Merek’s mate is embroiled in a battle between two ancient packs, a war Merek must now fight. If he fails he could lose Jace forever.

Sexy Excerpt


Merek pinned Jace’s wrists to the ground. The man loomed close, his muscular frame pressing against Jace’s so he touched all the right spots. Jace squirmed in a halfhearted effort to get free even as his body screamed at him to yield to the pleasure that Merek could provide.

Merek leaned down to whisper, “You’re always so damned difficult.”

The moon shone down, filtering through the webwork of trees that canopied their nocturnal wicked activities. In the pale silver light, he could see Merek’s face. It was composed of sharp angles, a prominent nose, chiseled jaw, and a sensual mouth. That mouth never failed to make Jace’s cock twitch. Merek’s face was almost always partially shaded by the long locks of black hair that flowed down to touch his broad shoulders. Hair so dark it refracted light in shades of blue—an eerie color reflected in his eyes. They were the palest blue Jace had ever seen. The eyes of a wolf, and he growled like one too.

Letting the primitive nature of their wolves loose in the magnificent embrace of the wilderness was instinctive. The smell of damp grass and pine trees wafted around them. But beneath that scent was Merek’s—rich, primal, and addictive.

Jace strove to stop his grin as he bucked his hips in an attempt to get Merek off him. The man was too strong for his own good. The move only resulted in Merek chuckling and adjusting to hold both of Jace’s wrists in one hand. The other he used to lightly caress Jace’s cheek and jawline. Merek brushed his thumb over Jace’s bottom lip, causing a shudder to flow through Jace. He knew just what those hands were capable of.

No matter how hard he fought himself, he couldn’t help but tilt his neck into the soft touch. Merek gave him a sensual smile.

Jace tried to twist away again, to get the upper hand, but to no avail. Merek trailed his hand lower, and Jace arched into the gentle touch. The man was doing his best to destroy Jace’s control, and it was so tempting to catapult to the carnal command.

“Just one word, Jace, and I’ll give you everything.”

Merek leisurely traced his fingertips down Jace’s naked chest, along the hard muscles of his stomach, and stopped at the waist of Jace’s low-riding jeans. Jace curved into the touch. Desperate for Merek to go lower.

“Submit to me.”

* * * *

Jace Shaw sat up sharply in bed. The image of sweat-slicked bodies and the sound of throaty growls saturated his mind. The sex-laden dreams had his heart pounding with lust and his cock pulsing with raw need. Rampant desire raged through him so intensely he could barely catch his breath.

All because of some hot mountain of a man whose wolf seemed determined to dominate him. He could easily overpower Jace. He was more muscled and towered over Jace’s five-eleven frame by at least half a foot, and that was in human form. Yet Jace had never been intimidated by or afraid of him. It was through their dreams he had eventually found out the man’s name was Merek.

Every one-night stand he had to assuage the fire Merek inspired failed miserably. All the men had lacked in some way. He had tried to drown his sexual appetite in men who mirrored the man he wanted so badly to fuck. He’d screwed men from the East Coast to the West Coast, but not one of them had lasted more than the a few hours he’d rented the hotel room for. None of them tempted the wild nature of his wolf. At the end of the night, he was left with the sick feeling he had in some way betrayed Merek.

Merek hadn’t always been so rough and hard. They had grown and matured together over the years. Merek’s dark features had developed into granite lines. His body had become sculpted muscles built by hard work. It wasn’t until the past couple of years that the interaction had become two-sided. Before, it had always been as though Jace were a ghost on the sidelines…watching.

Merek hadn’t shown any sign he even knew Jace existed, with one exception. Merek stopped cutting his hair the day Jace’s parents were killed. The day Jace’s safe world came crashing down. The moment when he had been forced to grow up, learn how to survive, and how to fight those who would continue to hunt what remained of his family. That had been his new reality.

But now, despite the fear and insecurity that followed him, there wasn’t a night when he didn’t end up tangled in sweaty sheets with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Dangerous playing opposite him in some Kama Sutra porn marathon.


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39 thoughts on “Home for the Holiday Hop!

  1. The cookie looks really festive and sounds really good. I’ll have to add this to my try list for the holidays.Thank you for sharing it.

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  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe. They look really decorative.
    I like these kinds of hops since I get introduced to a lot of good food and good books.

  3. Coming from the south I can agree that southern woman are great cooks. I too love to cook and bake . These cookies sound delicious I love anything made with peppermint. I also love a good book involving any type of shifters and I read your excerpt and boy was it hot! thanks and have a happy thanksgiving! amybowens34@yahoo.com

  4. I make these cookies every year and absolutely love them!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
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  5. Thank you for the recipe and for the excerpts and blurbs. I really like Scent of a Woman. I would love to read this book. Thank you, adding it to my tbr list. I haven’t yet found an author that I’ve read anything by.

  6. Great Great Amazing Giveaway! I noted the recipe as it looks so delicious! Will be starting Scent Of A Wolf soon and can’t wait! Love the cover, really enticing! Every time I run into it, it makes my heart start beating faster…HOTTT

  7. Aww! I love those cookies! There so adorable! I cant wait to make some and have them with a cup of coco! Delicious! Looks so yummy! And your book..wow! Definitely cant wait to read! Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!! Happy Thanksgiving!

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